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This painting was at least two years in the making. Since reading Deathly Hallows, I knew I needed to paint Severus and his patronus. When it was revealed in Deathly Hallows that his patronus is a doe, I shivered and gasped in realization. A doe for Lily, the female mate to Harry's deer patronus, a patronus borne out of the magical connection to his father's protection and his mother's love. Like Harry's patronus, Severus' cherished memories of Lily, her love and acceptance of him at a formative time in his youth, was always there for him, and in this way, her legacy with him transcended death. Despite their shattered relationship later, his idealized vision of Lily carried him through when he became the reluctant hero he is, and in this way, it shows that he forgives her and continues to cherish and love her until the very end.

The devastation of this truth for Severus Snape is a powerful idea to me. I can only hope I conveyed this idea with at leat a portion of the justice it deserves. I wanted to show Severus Snape in a moment of acceptance, recognition, presence, and forgiveness, a moment of peace and serenity, when he is able to wandlessly conjure and channel the protective spirit of his Patronus, a vision of Lily.

This is my song to Severus Snape. His struggles were so life-altering, unpeaceful, and fraught, and I wanted him to have a measure of peace. Because in the end, he was a brave man, and tragically, did not get to enjoy a life of freedom without a master, beyond the trauma of war and regretful life choices.

This Severus was also inspired by darkirony's vision of Severus Snape, one who was hardened by the war, but also had the opportunity to live beyond it, and carry on.

I played with different techniques and ways of conveying the magic of the doe Patronus. It is one of those things that defy the limitations of the visual medium, or the limitations of my creativity. I tried to convey the weightlessness of it, the organic and yet supernatural nature of it, the force of magic pushing matter and particles around in space, the way his hair and robes sways from the impact of it. And the otherworldliness of a Patronus, which seems almost sentient and yet completely organic and magical and formed from the sheer will of the wizard who casts it. And yet, the Patronus is embued with qualities of protection, born from the happiest, most positive memories the caster can call upon.

While I originally envisioned this piece to take place in the dark forest before he has the Patronus lead Harry to the lake, I wanted to place Severus in a more lighted, warmer place. In the forest, where, even alone, he is never truly alone.

I hope you enjoy this piece. Unlike my previous paintings, I utilized layers quite a bit, but still, everything is still completely painted, with no use of Photoshop blending modes.
This painting will be available as a beautiful 11x14" limited edition print, which will be signed and numbered, and printed on exhibition-quality paper, colors guaranteed for 100+ years. If you are interested in purchasing one of these prints, please email me at Also, this painting will be seen at Ascendio 2012's Art Gallery and Craft Faire. The Craft Faire will be held in Tuscon II from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and I will have a limited number of prints available for purchase. I am also donated a framed print of this painting to the Ascendio Art Auction, to be held on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from the auction will benefit HPEF and charity.
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Lepitot Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
I am absolutely in love with the painting of the patronus!  Excellent work =)
richdraw Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Saw your "Luna and the Squid" and "Always" at LB Comicon.  It was pretty busy so thanks for taking the time to talk about some of your techniques.  Your art is beautiful and amazing, the deer in "Always" has a completely magical quality to it.  Keep up the fantastic work!
Narutosith Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Ozony Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I really like it! Great work!
HarrySeverusSnape Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Beautiful! I love it!
Nice work, Well done!
NelehGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Writer
Lovely artwork. I hope you don't mind me using the title for a poem I wrote [link] .
AStoKo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful
blackgryphon101 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply breathtaking
prettyflour Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

VaLeNtInE-DeViAnT Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY Word I adore this ..its my fave so far on DA!!!!!!!!!!
HerMajestyVB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
CinderellaRosebud Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Simply lovely! Wow!
anagrama2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Eavis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Merciful Valar, this is beautifully breathtaking.
tempestoftherain Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Darkstar1013 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you whole heartedly, Severus was so put-up by the fates, his one and only true love taken from him and his life not his own throughout. But he was a brave and strong person, for at any time he could have backed away or chosen a different path, but he never did. He did what he could to continue Lily's love and to protect and defend what could have been his own child, had things been slightly different. A great piece. Thanks for sharing.
RavendeDrieu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind blowingly beautiful!!! :heart: A true credit to Severus. :XD:
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This beautiful and amazing!!!!
KristenMash Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
beachelf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: Bravo!
KrusttyhBenyh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow... absolutley GREAT!
NikyBlack Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This is beyond beautiful. The way you did the silver doe is so heart-warming :heart: Amazing colours, gorgeous Sev and the whole drawing is so touching.
Befficorn-x Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This is stunning! So beautiful! x
Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
This is simply beautiful, I really love how you did this. IMO the best painting of Severus's patronus ever!
amaranox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I can not wait to get my print! I'm so excited!!
UnluckyNumberXIII Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just... You put what I finally figured out into words AND a painting. I absolutely adore this. :)
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the rainbow colors of the patronus. And his cloak. Brilliant!
Mafer-Potter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know what to say...
I really don't...
volkradugi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
swordhawthorn Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Wow, I don't know what to say about this piece. I've never seen Severus' face with this expression, this emotion showing on it before. He's not just brooding or anguished. Anyway, I guess I don't need to say anything because everything you explain in the description you realise in your painting. It's wonderful!

The patronus looks like light, but has such a presence, I want to reach out and touch it. (There are probably rules against touching other people's patronus' though. And if I tried to touch Snape's I don't think I'd escape lightly!)

I don't know if you've come across ls269*'s recently finished fan fiction [link] about Severus? Thought I'd share it with you in case you might like it
dyb Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snape and HP makes me think of l dont want to feel that now..anyway

love this!
ShopKey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible piece of work!
aspiringauthor20 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is just stunning. I can't's just so beautiful!
FerryQueen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is some piece of work!
amaranox Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I enjoy this quite a bit. I wonder if it will become a print in the future.
foxestacado Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I definitely offer prints, just not through DD. This particular painting is masterfully reproduced by my fine arts printers on 11x14" exhibition quality paper. I will msg you more information :)
amaranox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I've gotten my print and it is already framed and on my wall. I love to view it. Thank you so much!
foxestacado Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I'm so glad you got it safely and I am so happy that it makes you happy. Thank you again so much for your interest in my artwork!
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